20 May 2023

PM Modi Unveils Mahatma Gandhi Bust in Hiroshima, Japan; Said Cooperation Between G7 and G20 Will Solve Global Challenges

Hiroshima (Japan): PM said in Japan, cooperation between G7 and G20 will solve global challenges

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met PM Kishida Fumio during his visit to Japan. He also unveiled the statue of Bapu in Hiroshima. On this occasion, PM Modi said that Bapu's statue will take forward his thoughts of non-violence. 

Prime Minister Modi unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hiroshima. Dignitaries present during the unveiling ceremony included H.E Mr. Nakatani Gen, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament; Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima City; Mr. Tatsunori Motani, Speaker of the Hiroshima City Assembly; Members of Parliament from Hiroshima and senior government officials; members of the Indian community; and followers of Mahatma Gandhi in Japan.

Gandhi's bust was gifted by India to city of Hiroshima

The Mahatma Gandhi bust has been gifted by the Government of India to the city of Hiroshima as a symbol of friendship and goodwill between India and Japan, on the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister for the G-7 summit from 19-21 May 2023.

The 42 inches tall bronze bust has been sculpted by Padma Bhushan awardee Shri Ram Vanji Sutar. The bust site, adjacent to the Motoyasu River, is close to iconic A-Bomb Dome that is visited by thousands of people - locals and tourists alike - every day.

The location has been chosen as a mark of solidarity for peace and non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi dedicated his life to peace and non-violence. The location truly resonates with the principles and life of Gandhiji, which continue to inspire the world and its leaders.

PM welcomed by Indian diaspora

Earlier, PM was welcomed by Indian diaspora at Hiroshima, in Japan. In an interview given to a Japanese newspaper, PM Modi discussed the global challenges and said that nuclear war is not right for the world. We should follow Bapu's path of non-violence. Everyone's happiness is hidden in this. The PM further said that cooperation between the G7 and the G20 will help address global challenges.

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